I have read some wonderful books this year on one of my favorite subjects: mathematics. Now, stay with me! Math can be an engaging and even entertaining topic.
Here are the two most helpful books on math teaching I have read this academic year. Using John Saxon's Math Books - Grades 4 - 12 by Art Reed explains in detail how to use Saxon math successfully with any student from upper elementary grades through calculus. He leads you through the incremental approach, explains proper grade level placement, and discusses the importance of homework. The Equation for Excellence : How to Make your Child Excel at Math by Arvin Vohra is a short and sweet guide to the disciplined teaching and tutoring of math from arithmetic through high school, using the "Asian method" to produce highly competent scholars. Parents can read these books--no need for a math degree.
Finally, just for fun, read Ben Orlin's Math with Bad Drawings for a heaping helping of geek humor. As is always the case with good comedy, there is plenty of truth mixed in. Expect some laughs, some new insights, and plenty of bad drawings to delight and illuminate.
Strengthen your resolve to give your students/offspring the best possible foundation in mathematics. These books are all encouraging and informative, written in a conversational style--like getting advice from a good friend.